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Mar 21, 2013 05:17 PM

very off-putting ads - don't read if you are easily offended

At the bottom of the page in the "From CHOW and Sponsored Partners" section there has been several ads today which makes me wonder if the advertiser even knows that this is a food site.

There have been links to cure vaginal issues, remedies for diarrhea and vomiting, one about food poisoning, another about menstrual cycles.

I guess we are lucky that diaper rash, jock itch and gnarly toe conditions have yet to be addressed...

Really? Surely some sort of standards could be arrived at and still allow advertising revenue.

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  1. I seem to have missed the icky ads. Maybe they're tailored to one's search history? Right now I see:

    Chicken tortilla soup
    French lentil terrine
    Persimmon salad
    How to make money on the internet
    Waikiki wave x2

    (ETA: lol, wasn't implying you were searching for diaper rash!)

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    1. re: DuchessNukem

      Yep, I haven't encountered anything remotely like that. Mostly weight-loss stuff and recipes involving squash. :)

      1. re: DuchessNukem

        Oh, that gave me a good laugh!

        I haven't been searching for anything that would remotely trigger them! They seem to change with each new thread.

        I had been having issues with adblock earlier in the week. I was able to get it to work on that section without causing problems so I'm no longer having to avert my eyes!

        I was seeing the usual weight loss, retirement, etc. ads too.
        The vomit/diarrhea flashing through, especially around the dinner hour just seemed very wrong.

      2. And on this refresh, I have two ads for a specific hotel I was researching, plus the Nespresso machine I've been considering. I do have one for "How to stop drooling during sleep" (prob too late to help me with that one).

        1. I've got 3 food ads, plus New careers after 40, and something about millionaires from investopedia.

          I could have used one about food poisoning... something went terribly wrong with my chicken tonight! :0)

          1. I've got "How to get rid of a hickey" from Don't they know you have to be at least 13 years old to be a member?


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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Well the ad providers DO seem to know that I'm a bit fluffy, I see some be-less-fat ads. Maybe there's a hidden camera in your bedroom or doorway? ;)

            2. I was getting really odd ads - not at all related to my searches btw!! and someone suggested using Ad block. I did and I wish I'd done it years ago. I love not having to look at ads no matter what sites I visit. My virtual world is now uncluttered! I highly recommend Ad block!

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              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                I'm running Adblock on my Mac and it stops nothing! Did you have to run a custom configuration?

                1. re: DuffyH

                  No Duffy, I just googled ad block for mac and downloaded it.

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Well, hell! Might have to try a re-install. :(